Microsoft faces competition from India: Gates

By agencies   |   Thursday, 27 October 2005, 07:00 Hrs
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TEL AVIV: Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates said that the software giant faced growing competition from Indian companies but, for now, the strength in those countries lies in software services.

"India will try and be in those product areas as well, but so far it's mostly been in the service-oriented activities," he said.

Gates said the technology drive in India would expand the global customer base for technology products.

Microsoft faces competition in about half the sectors in which it operates. In the other half - areas such as Internet television and speech recognition -- Microsoft is driving the frontier, Gates said.

The billionaire founder of Microsoft said the company was interested in writing software wherever software could add value.

"That's taken us into the car now. Think about how you can interface with mapping and communications and entertainment in the car," he said.

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